Getting to Henry Cowell Redwoods
Henry Cowell Redwoods state park is one of a handful redwood groves you have a chance to experience within an hour drive from San Francisco. Coastal redwoods are all over the Northern California especially the Bay area, however the trees in your local park will never amass to the heights and sizes that these trees are capable of reaching. Sequoia Sempervirens in state parks tend to be couple of hundreds years of age & clearly are spectacular.
Henry Cowell with kids
The dopest ting about Henry Cowell is that you can totally drive up to the trees and walk around even with newborns. There’s very little hiking involved and you can enjoy the redwoods in a convenient and comfortable pace of a stroll.
This is a definitively must visit Coast Redwoods park in the Bay Area. The loop hike is less than a mile long and ideal for little children. The hike can serve as a quick prelude to the train ride at the Roaring Camp Depot nearby.
Roaring Camp Railroad
Immediately adjacent to the parking lot of the Henry Cowell Redwoods grove is the Roaring camp railroad, Felton – a train station that where you can catch a steam engine up the mountain or a diesel freight down to the coast all the way to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
All the redwood groves are magical in a simple sense that you’ve got to witness living beings that were there hundreds, even thousands years ago. There’s just something mysterious in the air, and being a small child while walking amongst these redwood giants probably adds to the thrill.
Quote: “Lieutenant John C. Frémont was reputed to have camped in this tree’s fire-hollowed base during an 1846 expedition to survey the shortest route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. When the tree was dedicated to him in 1888, then-General Frémont was reported to have said, “It makes a great story; let it stand.”
We had a good time roaming through Sequoia Sempervirens at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and highly recommend this to all the parents even with little children. The park is not that far away from San Francisco. Plus you can have a picknic after the mini expediditon.
While you’re in the area check out the Roaring camp steam engine. Also if you Google some info there are a bunch of cosplay enthusiast that dress up in steam punk costumes or outfits from 1800’s. We were lucky enough to see their get together. Perhaps you can check out one of those events.